China suggests North Korea sanctions relief as Trump, Kim meet

by Ben Pena June 13, 2018, 1:40

That's generally how foreign affairs experts reacted to the historic summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

Hoffman said that it was necessary for President Trump to establish a personal relationship with Kim in order to meet with him and ultimately work toward denuclearization.

"China has consistently held that sanctions are not the goal in themselves", Geng said at a daily briefing.

China suggested on Tuesday that sanctions relief could be considered for North Korea if the country abides by United Nations resolutions, as U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged to work for denuclearization.

Beijing has key strategic interests when it comes to North Korea, and has long feared that a collapse of its isolated neighbor could push waves of refugees into northeastern China, or that nuclear war on the Korean peninsula could contaminate swathes of the country.

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However, relations with North Korea, which had seemed to go well, broke down under former President George W. Bush after the US accused North Korea of having an enriched uranium program, a major step in the nuclear weapon building process.

Analysts generally agree that a series of stringent economic and financial sanctions against North Korea, led by the United States with China's support, have played a big role in Kim's sudden embrace of diplomacy in the past six months after his repeated nuclear provocations.

Yes. During his news conference, Trump said joint military exercises with the South Korean military - typically a show of strength toward Pyongyang - would end immediately, a decision that took Seoul by complete surprise.

"We've developed a very special bond", he added, referring to Kim. "I think without Otto, this would not have happened", Trump said.

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